Sun Pharma to take ‘appropriate’ action as Ranbaxy deal stalled

The Andhra Pradesh High Court had issued orders to stock exchanges BSE and NSE to maintain interim status quo on the matter.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:May 4, 2014 2:41 am

Drug major Sun Pharma on Saturday said it will take “appropriate action” in the wake of the Andhra Pradesh High Court suspending the pharma company’s $4 billion deal with Ranbaxy Laboratories.

“With regards to the petition filed, the matter is sub judice and hence we cannot make specific comments but we would be taking appropriate action as advised by our legal counsel,” a Sun Pharma spokesperson said in a statement.

The Andhra Pradesh High Court had issued orders to stock exchanges BSE and NSE to maintain interim status quo on the matter. The court order came on a writ petition filed by some individual investors. The High Court had issued notices to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), BSE, NSE, Sun Pharma, Ranbaxy, Daichii Sankyo and Silver Street Developers.

The petitioners had alleged that there was heavy trading of Ranbaxy stock before the merger with Sun Pharma was announced on April 6, and requested the court to direct Sebi to investigate the insider trading of Ranbaxy shares and take appropriate action against Sun Pharma and Silver Street Developers.

The petitioners also requested the court to ‘restrain’ BSE and NSE from giving any clearance to the scheme of amalgamation or merger between the two drug-makers.

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